LibriVox recording of Contending Forces by Pauline E. Hopkins.
Read by Margaret Espaillat.
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, despite an impressive record of productivity and creativity as a novelist, playwright, short fiction writer, editor, actress, and singer, is an African-American woman writer who has essentially been consigned to the dustbins of American literary history. Though contemporary with Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Charles W. Chesnutt, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, Hopkins is only now beginning to receive the kind of critical attention that Harper has enjoyed for a slightly longer period and that Chesnutt and Dunbar have always had. Hopkins had work published in several genres, but her reputation today rests primarily upon Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, the novel she published in 1900. (Introduction by Margaret)
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October 1, 2016 Subject:
Lovely reading of the horrible history of treatment of African Slaves and discrimination of black people everywhere
Contending Forces by Pauline E. Hopkins. Read by the fine voice of Margaret Espaillat. Espaillat has a lovely mature voice and reads at a human pace. She has one of the best voices of american or Canadian readers for Librivox. Let us never forget the evil treatment of human beings from sub Saharan Africa.However in this book we are informed of the abolitionist movement in England. And by the late 19th century the Boston region being a haven of hope for African Americans. I was dissapointed that the horrible crimes committed against a British former slave owner who moved from Bermuda to North Carolina where the viscious murders and crimes occured, was not further developed upon.
One of the most evil Holacuasts ever committed in human history was King Leopold of Belgium's working, torturing, amputating, beheading to death 10 million Africans in the Congo in the late 19th century